A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a procedure where fat is transferred from other areas of the body to the buttocks and hips to add volume, lift and improve the shape of the lower body. Fat is harvested via liposuction and transferred in the same procedure contour the body and augment the buttocks simultaneously.
You'll likely be a great candidate for a Brazilian butt lift if you are:
During your consultation, Dr. Aimé will listen to your goals and perform a physical exam. Based on your unique body and your areas of concern, Dr. Aimé will make recommendations about areas with excess fat that can be utilized for fat transfer. Often removing fat from the waist and flanks helps give the buttocks and improved shaped simply by creating an aesthetically pleasing contour between the torso and the hips and buttocks. Liposuction with a BBL is often combined with other procedures (such as breast surgery and a tummy tuck) as part of a mommy makeover and Dr. Aimé will discuss this with you if you are interested.
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with Dr. Aimé at a preoperative appointment to review the surgical plan and answer any questions you have. Depending on your medical history, you may need to have labs done or see your primary care physician prior to surgery. Some medications or supplements may be adjusted in the weeks leading up to surgery to decrease the risk of bleeding. Smoking should be stopped 4 to 6 weeks prior to and following surgery as it can significantly impair wound healing, decrease the amount of fat graft take and increase the risk of infection.
Brazilian butt lift surgery is performed by harvesting fat from other locations on the body via liposuction and transferring the fat to the buttocks and hips. Fat is typically taken from the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs and arms. Incisions are discreetly placed in natural creases and garment lines. The fat is then washed and treated with antibiotics before being transferred. Dr. Aimé prioritizes safety and thus utilizes the plane above the gluteal muscles for the fat transfer. Not all of the transferred fat survives (or "takes") as it has to grow in a new blood supply. This is accounted for during the transfer in order to best achieve your desired final size and shape.
Moderate pain and discomfort is common with liposuction and fat transfer procedures. Typically, this is well managed with anti-inflammatory and pain medications. Swelling and bruising are also normal. Compression garments are typically worn over the areas of liposuction for 4 weeks and a BBL pillow is used for at least 2 weeks to offload pressure from the newly transferred fat cells in the buttocks. Patients are typically able to shower 2-3 days after surgery.
It is also very important to walk around, wear compression socks and pump your ankles in order to prevent blood clots from forming. Patients are encouraged to resume a regular diet as soon as they are able to tolerate it. It takes a significant amount of energy for your body to heal from surgery and it will be important to eat sufficient calories and protein to help with this. Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities within 1-2 weeks and may resume moderate exercise 4-6 weeks after surgery. The final result is typically seen by 3 months after surgery.
The following are reputable organizations that provide information specifically for plastic surgery patients on this and other procedures.
American Society of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons